Best Black Suburbs


Things to do-Convenience (Doesn’t fall into the trap of being just another boring Suburb)



1. Southfield, Michigan suburb of Detroit

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2. Leimert Park suburb of Los Angeles


3. Miramar suburb of Miami


4. Oxon Hill, Md suburb of Dc


5. Homewood-Flossmoor, Illinois suburb of Chicago


6. Uniondale New york suburb of New York City


7. Missouri City Texas suburb of Houston


8. Desoto Texas suburb of Dallas


9. Bowie Maryland suburb of Washington DC


10. Stockbridge Georgia suburb of Atlanta



Most influential or great Black Americans of All Time

  1. Martin Luther King, Jr

2. Barack Obama

When Barack Obama was elected the first African-American president of the United States in November 2008, “never in my lifetime” was the popular refrain, especially among older African-Americans from the Jim Crow South who remembered grandparents who had been enslaved. Obama’s mixed race background (Kenyan father, white Midwestern mother), Ivy League pedigree (Columbia, Harvard Law), community activism on Chicago’s tough South Side as well as stints as an Illinois and U.S. senator, made him uniquely qualified to guide the nation in a more multiracial and globally-dependent 21st century.

Engaging the youth, Obama, heavily assisted by social media, made “Yes, we can” more than a campaign slogan. As POTUS, he’s been confronted with Tea Party politics full of racist undertones and blamed for spillover from George W. Bush’s presidency. Still, the President, wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha represent African-Americans at their best every day.

3. Oprah Winfrey

4. Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey A visionary pan-African leader and thinker. A practical man, he could have united all blacks if he had not been jailed.

5. Malcolm X

6. Frederick Douglas

7. Claude Anderson

8. Thurgood Marshall-

Using the law to serve African Americans, Thurgood Marshall tried many cases before the Supreme Court, winning 29 out of 32 actually. Still, none have been more critical than 1954’s landmark Brown v. Board victory overturning the Plessy v. Ferguson decision that had legally sanctioned a “separate but equal” doctrine since 1896. A 1933 graduate of the Howard University School of Law, the Baltimore native’s action was deliberate as he followed his teacher and mentor Charles Hamilton Houston to the NAACP where they launched the strategic plan to topple Jim Crow one legal challenge at time, slowly chipping away at its infrastructure.

Appointed the nation’s first African-American Supreme Court Justice in 1967 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, Marshall expanded his role in righting the Constitution in the very hall that he had challenged it, ensuring that liberty and equality applied to all Americans until his retirement in 1991.

9. Neely Fuller

10. Frances Cress Welsing






Black American Media Outlets



TV One



Print Magazine-




Black Enterprise

Vibe Magazine

XXL Magazine

Online Magazine and Website –

1., 13,480,000 average monthly unique visitors, up 90 percent from 2015.
2. Huffington Post Black Voices, 6,330,000, up 25 percent.
3. The Root, 4,875,000, down 68 percent.
4., 4,445,000, up 27 percent.
5., 4,226,000, down 46 percent.
6., 4,058,000, down 10 percent.
7., 3,937,000, down 66 percent
8., 3,005,000, down 37 percent.
9., 2,759,000, up 259 percent., 2,190,000, down 23 percent.

#1 – Amber Books: This Phoenix-based publishing company is the nation’s largest African-American publisher of self-help books and music biographies. The founder/CEO is Tony Rose, an NAACP Image Award Winner.

#2 – Black Classic PressFounded in 1978, Black Classic Press is devoted to publishing obscure and significant works by and about people of African descent. They specialize in republishing works that are out of print and quite often out of memory.

#3 – Urban Ebooks: Launched in 2016, this publishing company publishes educational and empowering e-books for African American and other minority readers. All of their books are $3 or less and can be instantly downloaded to computers, tablets, and smart phones.

#4 – Third World Press: Third World Press provides quality literature that primarily focuses on issues, themes, and critique related to an African American public. Their mission is to make this literature accessible to as many individuals as possible including our targeted market of primarily African American readers.

#5 – Triple Crown Publications: This company is one of the first major publishers of urban fiction books. It’s founder and CEO is best-selling author and world-renowned publisher Vickie Stringer.

#6 – Smiley BooksFounded by media pioneer Tavis Smiley in 2004 as a co-publishing venture with Hay House Inc., SmileyBooks is a general trade book publisher that specializes in quality nonfiction.

#7 – Life Changing Books: Established in 2003, this publishing company offers a variety of African American literature including contemporary fiction, women’s fiction, urban/ street literature, and more. Azarel, the founder/CEO launched the company with her own self-published title

Blacktech companies and apps- black version of facebook black version of myspace – Black version of airbnb Black version of Uber

WhereU App: An App Making Sure You Don’t Forget Where You Come From
Want to find a local Black-owned business nearest you? Cue the birth of WhereU, a phone app helping users locate and patronize their community’s Black businesses. Moreover, the app encourages Black consumers to pump $1.3 trillion of their shared buying power back into the African-American community.

Ebonomy: Connecting Black Businesses with Black Consumers
Black economic website Ebonomy is a contemporary resource for Black businesses to become accessible to consumers looking to patronize them. Business owners simply sign up to have their companies indexed for easy access by Black buyers. “In order to engage in cooperative economics, we must be able to find Black businesses and sources of information,” Ebonomy Chief Technology Officer Clayton Allen told ABS. “Ebonomy is a way to organize the resources, including businesses and other types of websites from the Black community, while also making these resources searchable.”

Black Capital of Culture
New York 1920-90
Los Angeles 1990-2000
Atlanta 2005-




What Black Excellence Looks Like: Top 5 Black Mayors in Modern American History

In the 1960s, African Americans began being elected or appointed to mayoral positions following achievements Blacks made through the Civil Rights Movement, passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965. These days, Blacks are mayors in more than 500 cities.

When Carl Stokes took office January 1, 1968, he was the first African American to head a major city government. As more Black mayors came on line, coincidently American cities declined, as did their industries. For the most part, Black mayors were given the helms to sinking ships.  In the 1970s and ’80s, Midwest and Northeastern region cities became America’s “Rust Belt” as factories folded and critical jobs were outsourced to Mexico, China and Japan. This was also the time of “White flight” from large American cities that were plagued with gang violence and terrorism from crack cocaine distribution.


1. Maynard Jackson

Atlanta has one of America’s largest Black populations. Thirty years of Black mayors have done wonders for Atlanta.  Throughout the ’80s and ’90s, it was the place to be.  The housing was cheap, the weather temperate, the social and business networks were poppin’, the elected officials Black and enlightened, and the opportunities limitless. When Jackson was elected the first Black mayor of Atlanta in 1973, it was only five years after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King.  The late Jackson exemplified what a Black mayor should be. He was able to secure building of Hartsfield International Airport with mandatory minority participation for Black firms. Now, called “Hartsfield-Jackson,” it’s the world’s busiest airport.  He had a hand in building the MARTA rail system, and various other public works projects that helped modernize the city.  Later Jackson ran again to secure the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.The two, Barry and Jackson, proved to be the impetus for the nation’s two wealthiest majority Black counties, Prince George’s County, Md., and DeKalb County, Ga.


2. Marion Berry

The nation’s capital is actually one of the best places for African Americans to live. Barry’s strong support for Black-owned businesses is legendary; along with his massive government hiring programs, Barry helped build the District of Columbia into the nation’s largest Black middle-class. When he served on the D.C Council in 1974, Barry spearheaded the movement to require that all contracts considered by the District government for services, supplies, and development included a mandatory 35 percent participation for minority-owned companies. He then served as the city’s mayor for three terms until 1990. Noted among his many accomplishments – significantly increasing the number of D.C. government contracts awarded to qualified African-American businesses. The two, Barry and Jackson, proved to be the impetus for the nation’s two wealthiest majority Black counties, Prince George’s County, Md., and DeKalb County, Ga.

3. Lee Brown – Houston

Known as “The Father of Community Policing,”

Lee Brown who in 1997 became the first African American to be elected mayor of Houston, Texas. The good thing about this city is when other cities were abandoning affirmative action Houstonians went to the polls and supported it. Millions of dollars have gone  to African-American firms here because of affirmative action. He was reelected twice to serve the maximum of three terms from 1998 to 2004.  Houston is a sure enough “boom town”

4. Michael Coleman




5. Shirley Franklin


When Franklin took office in 2002, Atlanta needed somebody a little out of the ordinary. Her predecessor, Bill Campbell, had completely blown the public’s trust in city government. Two of his top aides pleaded guilty to charges of bribery, and Campbell is awaiting trial on a seven-count indictment for, among other things, bribery, tax fraud and corruption. Franklin inherited an $82 million budget deficit, which was about 20% of the entire city budget and $37 million more than she had been led to expect. Atlanta’s homeless population was exploding, the city’s infrastructure was fraying, the streets had not been maintained in eight years, and the sewers were leaking so badly that state and federal environmental agencies were fining Atlanta $20,000 a day.

How did Franklin respond? She started by committing what might have been political suicide. She cut 1,000 jobs from the city payroll and got the city council to approve a 1% sales-tax hike and a 50% bump to property taxes. To prove she could take it as well as dish it out, she laid off half her staff and cut her own salary by $40,000.

To restore faith in the local government, Franklin shepherded through the city council a new ethics code for municipal employees. She corralled 75 private firms to conduct studies of Atlanta’s budgetary, infrastructure and homeless problems and perform a massive audit of the city government—pro bono. She organized a task force she called the Pothole Posse to go after the city’s crumbling streets. She kept a running tally of cracks that were filled, combining good stewardship with quality political theater.

Franklin, who was Atlanta’s city manager from 1982 to ’90 and served several key roles on its 1996 Olympics committee, is not just a rampaging reformer but also a skillful and diplomatic negotiator.

Working with county and state officials, she managed to pull together a complex set of loans and agreements that will bring about $3 billion in upgrades and repairs to Atlanta’s leaky sewers.

Since 2002, Franklin has turned in three balanced budgets, and in February she reported an $18 million revenue surplus. A $5 million homeless shelter is scheduled to open this summer. She plans to run for a second term this November, and so far nobody is even bothering to oppose her. For her achievements Franklin was awarded the John F.

Kennedy Profile in Courage Award this year by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. She is the first sitting mayor to be so honored.


10 Black people Fox News does not want on TV

1. Jason Black


2. Professor Black Truth


3. Claude Anderson

4. Neely Fuller

5. Umar Johnson

6. Tariq Nasheed

7. General Yahanna

ISUPK’s regional director, General Yahanna, defended the group, saying residents’ real issue was not sound, but the group’s message.[6] The group identifies its message as saving local residents’ souls and discouraging people from drugs and crime; it regards its separatist teachings as the real objection residents have

8. Jesse Williams

9. Jeremiah Wright


Top HBCU’s in America

Rising from an historic environment of legal segregation, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were established prior to 1964 with the intention of offering accredited, high-quality education to African American students across the United States. These schools do, however, admit students of all races. As of January 2016, students can choose from 100 HBCUs across America, including public and private schools, 2-year and 4-year schools, and professional schools.

The best historically black colleges for 2016 were determined by considering each school’s academic standards, affordability, outcomes, and student support. The following school profiles explore the legacies, present successes and ongoing initiatives of each institution.




  1. Howard University  Washington,D.C   $586 104,000 Endowment


$23,970 (2015-16)


Howard University counts each of its distinguished faculty among its on-campus population of the largest concentration of black scholars anywhere in the world. Here, 93% of students are African-American. Introductory Afro-American studies courses are required in all undergraduate curriculum, whether pursuing a traditional major or as part of the school’s renowned Afro-American and African studies program. The university founded Omega Psi Phi and Phi Beta Sigma, two of the nation’s leading black fraternities; the campus is also home to Howard University TV, the first African-American owned public TV station in the U.S.

  • Howard’s MBA program was recently named the “greatest opportunity for minority students” by Princeton Review
  • The school has awarded more than 100,000 degrees since 1867

Alumni –

2. Spelman College   Atlanta, Georgia


Tuition and fees:
$26,388 (2015-16)

Spelman is the nation’s oldest historically black college for women, transforming into a leader among educational institutions for women since starting out as a Baptist female seminary in 1881. Today, Spelman offers a variety of majors to its enrollment of more than 2,100 students; popular topics include biological and biomedical sciences, English, physical science, psychology and social sciences. The college is home to more than 70 student organizationscentered on academic achievement, personal enrichment opportunities and Greek life, including historically black sororities Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta.


  • The college reports a 76% graduation rate average over the past six years
  • Spelman offers 27 available majors



3. Morehouse University   Atlanta, Georgia

Founded in 1867, Morehouse College, a private liberal arts institution for men, has traditionally graduated more black men than any other school. Morehouse promotes leadership and service through three primary program areas: business administration and economics; humanities and social sciences; and science and mathematics. Visionaries Martin Luther King Jr. and Spike Lee are among the many notable Morehouse alumni. The mission of Morehouse includes adopting the unique responsibility of educating students about black history and culture through special programs and scholarship opportunities, including the Rugari Scholarship Program, which provides full tuition to five students from the African Great Lakes Region.


  • Morehouse celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2017
  • Students at Morehouse represent more than 40 states and 14 countries


4. Hampton University  Hampton, Virginia


Hampton has earned an esteemed reputation among top HBCUs for its commitment to both African-American education and the multicultural community. The Hampton campus is the historical site of the majestic Emancipation Oak, under which classes for freed men and women were held between 1861 and 1863; the tree was also the setting for the first Southern reading of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. On campus today, 90% of current enrollment is African-American. Among Hampton’s many unique attributes is the establishment of theSkin of Color Research Institute for research and treatment of skin diseases afflicting people of color.


  • Programs at Hampton are designed to promote progressive education
  • The School of Business was named the best department in the nation in 2005 by the National Urban Leagues’ Black Executive Exchange Program


5. North Carolina AT and T University    Greensboro, North Carolina


North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University leads the nation among engineering- and agriculture degree-granting institutions for African-Americans. Founded in 1891 as a land-grant institute, NC A&T was at the core of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. Esteemed alumni include The Greensboro Four, who staged the nation’s first sit-in, and activist Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. Historically black fraternities and sororities, including Alpha Phi Alpha and Alpha Kappa Alpha, are among the popular Greek life options on campus; students also participate in large numbers in the NCAA Division I Aggies team and the Blue and Gold Marching Machine.


  • Home to enrollment of more than 10,000 and more than 2,000 employees
  • NC A&T is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a doctoral/research


7. Xavier University     New Orleans

Although Xavier was originally founded in 1915 as a high school for African Americans and Native Americans, the school added a four-year university in 1925. Today, Xavier continues its universal mission of promoting leadership- and service-based education initiatives. Current enrollment totals roughly 3,100 students, 73% of which are black and 27% are Catholic. All undergraduates study core topics that include 66 combined credits in African-American studies, natural sciences and theology. According to the U.S. Department of Education, Xavier is first in the nation in terms of producing African-American graduates with dual undergraduate degrees in biological/life sciences and the physical sciences.


  • One of only two pharmacy schools in Louisiana; among the top three producers of Doctor of Pharmacy degrees to African-Americans in the nation
  • Xavier is awarded 522 degrees in 2013

7. Texas Southern University Houston


7. Tuskegee University       Tuskeegee, Alabama

A premiere science and engineering university known for facilitating groundbreaking research, Tuskegee University has built a reputation as one of the top producers of African-American aerospace science engineers in the U.S. Tuskegee’s is the only campus in the U.S. to be declared a National Historic Site by the U.S. Congress since it was founded by Booker T. Washington in 1881. The university’s roughly 3,000 students are active in a variety of student organizations on campus, including the Marching Crimson Piper Band, the National Society of Black Engineers and college chapter of the NAACP.


  • The only HBCU with a fully accredited College of Veterinary Medicine and doctorate offered; Tuskegee produces over 75% of worldwide African-American veterinarians
  • The nursing baccalaureate program was first in Alabama and one of the oldest in the U.S.


8. Fisk University Nashville

Fisk University is a private institution that was founded in 1866. The school has 71.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Fisk University is 13:1.

9. Florida A and M University  Tallahassee


Florida A&M was originally called the State Normal College for Colored Students when it was founded in 1887; the name of this land-grant university and research institution has changed, but its commitment to African-American education has remained. FAMU’s student population of more than 11,000 is 90% Afro-American, hailing from over 70 countries including Egypt, Trinidad, the Bahamas, Jamaica and Brazil. Among numerous efforts to sustain and strengthen the local economy in Florida through the school’s Center for Plasma Science and Technology (CePaST) and Sustainability Institute, part of FAMU’s strategic plan includes aspirations to increase African-American student involvement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs.


  • FAMU offers 54 bachelor’s degrees, 29 master’s degrees, three professional degrees and 12 doctoral programs
  • Most popular undergraduate programs at FAMU are business administration, biology, criminal justice and allied health

10. Clark Atlanta University   Atlanta



Established in 1988, Clark Atlanta is a private, not-for-profit university affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Programs in 38 unique subjects are offered through four primary schools: Arts and Sciences; Business Administration; Education; and Social Work. In its short history, Clark Atlanta has secured numerous points of pride among its HBCU counterparts, including its designation as one of the largest institutions in the United Negro College Fund and the only university in the Atlanta University Center, a consortium of 8,000 primarily African-American scholars.


  • Clark Atlanta’s enrollment totals 3,485; 74% is female and 26% is male
  • 81% of the school’s faculty have terminal degrees


11. Texas Southern University


Game Changers : Black Owned Bank receives 8,000 new bank accounts and $1 million in 5 days

There are 21 African American owned banks with assets totaling approximately $4.7 billion or approximately 0.43 percent of African America’s $1.3 trillion in buying power. In 1994, there were 54 African American owned banks according to the FDIC. Now, there are 21.

In other words 99% of Black Americans put their money in Non Black Banks

Goal push that to at least 15% of Black spending Power

or $150 billion dollars

10 Largest Black owned Banks


In the past two years, we have financed over $100 million in loans – most in low to moderate income communities such as South Central, Compton, Liberty City and Roxbury. However, we never participated in subprime lending. We have always experienced low loan losses.

Our growth has been through acquiring community banks across the country that are equally dedicated to our mission including – Founders National Bank of Los Angeles, Family Savings Bank in Los Angeles, California, Boston Bank of Commerce in Boston,Massachusetts and People’s National Bank of Commerce in Miami, Florida.

Locations – Los Angeles, Miami, Boston

Founded: August 02, 1982

FDIC Region: New York

Assets: $590 624 000


Location: Chicago, Illinois

Founded: January 02, 1965

FDIC Region: Chicago

Assets: $573,168, 000




Liberty, one of the nation’s largest African-American-owned banks, has 20 branches in four states, including locations in Kansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. The Douglass National deal raises Liberty’s asset base to $545 million. 


Locations: New Orleans, Louisiana | Baton Rouge-Louisiana | Kansas City, Missouri | Dallas, Texas

Founded: November 16, 1972

FDIC Region: Dallas

Assets: $545,019,000



Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Founded: June 18, 1921

FDIC Region: Atlanta

Assets: $392 286 000


Location: Los Angeles, California | Inglewood, CA

Founded: February 26, 1947

FDIC Region: San Francisco

Assets: $385 055 000



Location: Newark, New Jersey

Founded: June 11, 1973

FDIC Region: New York

Assets: $340 301 000



Location: Washington, DC

Founded: August 18, 1934

FDIC Region: New York

Assets: $342 524 000




Location: Durham, North Carolina

Founded: March 01, 1908

FDIC Region: Atlanta

Assets: $304,809,000


Highest Grossing Black Hollywood Films

1. Black Panther-$1.3 Billion 3rd highest grossing U.S film and the 8th highest worldwide



With more than $100 million in ticket sales in just its first two weekends, we think Straight Outta Compton is on its way to becoming one of the highest-grossing films of all time.

Total Sales – $310 million

Movie Setting Los Angeles, California

 3. The Pursuit of Happyness $307 million


Location San Francisco

4. COMING TO AMERICA – $288 million

Even those of us too young to see this Eddie Murphy classic in theaters back when it originally was released in 1988 have laughed hard enough since then to understand how it pulled in $128 million in ticket sales at the height of the comedian’s career. In overseas sales, the film did even better, bringing in $160 million.

5.  Dr. DoLittle $284 million




6. BAD BOYS II – $273 million

It’s rare that a sequel outgrosses the original, but that’s exactly what happened with 2003’s Bad Boys II. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence managed to pull in $273 million worldwide while the original Bad Boys only grossed $141 million.

7. The Nutty Professor – $274 million

8. Hidden Figures $236 million


9. THE HELP – $215 million

If you saw The Help in theaters you were in good company. The film grossed more than $169 million domestically and another $46 million in overseas ticket sales.

10. THE BUTLER – $177 million

Lee Daniels’ The Butler was the top-grossing Black film of 2013, and one of the top 10 highest-grossing Black films of all time. With $116 million in domestic box-office earnings, it inducted Lee Daniels into the exclusive club of directors whose films have earned more than $100 million at the box office.

11. BIG MOMMA’S HOUSE-$173 million

This film wasn’t critically acclaimed at all when it was released in 2000, but fans showed it a lot of love by handing over more than $117 million in domestic box-office ticket sales. Overseas, the film raked in another $56 million.

12. The Nutty Professor 2 : The Klumps $173 million



13. DREAMGIRLS-$155 million

Back in 2006, a lot of people spent their Christmas break in the movie theater singing along with Jennifer Hudson and Beyoncé. With the help of music fans, Dreamgirls grossed $103 million domestically and another $51 million overseas.

14. RIDE ALONG – $155 million


If there were any questions left about Ice Cube’s ability to deliver box-office gold, he answered them all with 2014’s Ride Along. It spent three weeks at No.1 and even outgrossed Are We There Yet? with an impressive $134 million in domestic box-office earnings

 15. Girls Trip $155 million


16. Bad Boyz $141 million


 17. Selma $140 million


18. Big Mommas House 2 $137 million



19. Ray $124 million


20. Boomerang $126 million



21. A TIME TO KILL $108 million

Have you seen the classic movie A Time To Kill? This Samuel L. Jackson-led thriller captivated audiences in 1996 and pulled in $108 million domestically.

22. ARE WE THERE YET?-$113 million

Audiences weren’t sure what to think when Ice Cube transitioned from gangster rap to family films, but considering the success of Are We There Yet? it was clear that he knew what he was doing. This movie proved Ice Cube’s versatility and grossed more than $97 million, counting domestic and international numbers.


23. THINK LIKE A MAN-$113 million


When this Steve Harvey book was turned into a film in 2012, fans showed their love by helping it earn almost $96 million at the domestic box office.

24. Little Man $101 million


25. The Color Purple $96 million


26. 42 $97 million


27. Harlem $95 million



28. Madea Goes to Jail $90 million


29. Waiting to Exhale $82 million


30. Barbershop $77 million